Monday, 15 June 2015

Blue Suede Dramaturgy: Elvis @ Edfringe 2015

The Fringe
What inspired this production: did you begin with an idea or a script or an object? 
John Plews:It started when , at a pub quiz, I was able to answer the question – “when did Elvis Presley set foot in the UK for the one and only time” (3rd March 1960 Prestwick USAF base)

Why bring your work to the Edinburgh Fringe? 
It’s a Scottish play about how Elvis affected the lives of six residents of Kilmarnock - It’s also a very entertaining piece of Theatre.

What can the audience expect to see and feel - or even think - of your production?
Hopefully the audience will feel they have been entertained with music, drama, and more than a little intrigue!

The Dramaturgy Questions
How would you explain the relevance - or otherwise - of dramaturgy within your work? 
Dramaturgy works when seasoned theatre practitioners have contributed at all stages of the development of the work.

What particular traditions and influences would you acknowledge on your work - have any particular artists, or genres inspired you and do you see yourself within their tradition? 
No this is an original combination of true fact and suggested aftermath; all done in the style of “a play with music” (rather than a musical).

Do you have a particular process of making that you could describe - where it begins, how you develop it, and whether there is any collaboration in the process?
This was written by myself and Jennifer Selway over a period of a year, with two read-thrus and a rehearsed read-thru in front of a paying audience. Casting Scottish actors in all the read-thrus and in the final version helped considerably.

What do you feel the role of the audience is, in terms of making the meaning of your work? 
We want the audience to laugh, cry, be intrigued and …….applaud at the curtain call.

Are there any questions that you feel I have missed out that would help me to understand how dramaturgy works for you? 
No, come and see the production - There’s a Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis 5th – 30th August – venue 166 every night (except 18th) at 18.45 (until 20.30)

Momentum Playhouse at St Stephen’s – Venue 166
18:45 (1hr45mins) – including interval
Show Dates
5th – 30th August (not 18th)
Ticket Price
£8  -  £15
Box Office
0131 516 2880    /   0131 226 0000

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